Reviewer:Christine Hennig -
September 2, 2004 Subject:
There's Something Fishy About This Film...
This 20s silent educational film looks at various kinds of water life in a river. Its pretty standard for the most part, but some of the photography is nice, and it has a charming 20s feel to it, including a Tom Sawyer-like kid going fishing.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
April 15, 2003 Subject:
The fish... are SILENT!
Pretty standard film. though made in 1928, about the life of a fish. What maks this film stand out was the usage of the microcinematography of the birth of a fish. Other then the novelty value of seeing a educational film made from such an earlier time, it's pretty standard.
Tale of a fish hatchery and fish life cycle complete with microcinematography of fish eggs. Silent film with title cards.
Huckleberry Finn-like picture:
Child standing on a small dam made of logs with straw hat and shorts on fishing; actually catches fish.
Medium shot boy holding several fish on a string.
Shot of men working in hatchery, standing in knee deep water working with fish and nets. Funny thing is they all have hats on.
Extremely brief shot CU fish roe being harvested from fish and squirted into a container. CU fish roe.
Microcinematography -- time lapse of fish roe development to new fish. Includes blood of fish pumping. Growth of fish visible through transparent walls of egg. Hatching. Excellent.
Salmon leaping (instinctively attempting to swim upstream) only to hit against a manmade obstacle again and again.
Man stands in the middle of a rushing stream and spears a salmon. Salmon leaping upstream through powerful rapids.
Underwater shot of fish nests. Underwater shots of fish fins working. Underwater shot of the Stickleback fish.
Boy with rough-hewn fishing rod and dog sit in a rowboat fishing. Boy catches fish.
Overhead view of river bottom and many crayfish darting around. CU Crayfish feeding and anatomy. CU Claws. CU feelers. Regeneration of crayfish claw when one is lost.